Catechesis of the Good Shepherd has always been focused on facilitating the workings of the Holy Spirit in our children through meeting together and sharing physical objects in our Atrium. Unfortunately we simply cannot offer the same style of catechesis until the pandemic is over. So for this pandemic period our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd leaders are offering Virtual Atrium Prayer Times through the Zoom meeting platform. All leaders are fully screened and Zoom prayer sessions will be open only to those who are registered.
Many of the families who were involved in CGS last year have already registered for the Virtual Atrium, but there is still room in the Level 1 (3-6 year-olds) session on Wednesdays at 1pm. We expect the sessions to last 15 – 20 minutes. If your child is interested in signing up for the Virtual Atrium, or you want more information, please email Paula at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send you the registration form. There is no cost.
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What is Level One?
Level one of the Catechesis is for those children ages 3 to 6. The primary purpose of level one is to assist the child in coming to a greater awareness of two essential spiritual questions: one, who is God/Jesus?; and two, who am I in relationship to God/Jesus? These questions are addressed by meditating upon the Word of God; familiarizing the child with biblical stories; exploring the parable of the Good Shepherd and the child’s covenant relationship with God; working with the child as they grow in their awareness of all the various dynamics of our faith and how we celebrate that faith, particularly the celebration of the Mass. By using the materials provided in the Atrium the child will begin to establish a greater awareness of Jesus as a real person. This awareness will help the child to unlock some of the great mysteries of our faith.
Level One will be offered Thursdays from 4:15 – 6:00 pm.
What is Level Two?
Level two of the Catechesis is for those children ages 6 to 9. As children move into level 2 their questions centre more on the spiritual ‘what’ than ‘who’: What is God’s plan? What is my role in God’s plan? In response, we study God’s Plan of Salvation as shown to us in the Bible and the gifts that we have received from God through time. The children are developing their moral intelligence, so we listen and reflect together on the stories Jesus told of mercy and justice, as well as His suggestions such as “Do to others what you would have them do to you.” The children age 6-9 are trying to discover their role in God’s plan and their own place in the community of believers – the church – so they are given the tools to enable them to access the Word of God (Bible) and the prayers of the church in the rites of Eucharist, Baptism and Reconciliation.
Level Two will be offered Tuesdays from 4:15 – 6:00 pm.
To learn more about this way for our children to grow in God’s love, please check out these past bulletin inserts by clicking below.